Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Lafayette College
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.38 / 2.00 Scott Kennedy
Director of Facilities Operations
Finance & Administrative
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Total campus area:
360 Acres

Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds:
Area (double-counting is not allowed)
Area managed organically, without the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides 135 Acres
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 225 Acres
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Acres
Total area of managed grounds 360 Acres

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:
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Percentage of grounds managed organically:
37.50

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

Lafayette College has a sustainable farm called "LaFarm" which is situated on 135 acres. LaFarm only uses organic fertilizers and pesticides with an OMRI certification.


Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:
62.50

A copy of the IPM plan or program:
A brief description of the IPM program:
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A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:

Landscaping projects will prioritize ecological value and ecosystem services. Some of these services include creating habitats for a variety of animals, managing the local watershed, producing clean air, supporting food webs, and attracting pollinators. In order to develop these ecosystem services it is crucial to incorporate more native species and phase out invasives that are present on Lafayette’s campus while keeping with the overall campus aesthetic.


A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:

Given that water conservation is a popular and feasible means of sustainable resource management, streamlining our irrigation and stormwater policies will be beneficial financially and ecologically. This is a benefit to all involved parties, and can be implemented with minimal alterations to physical spaces and groundskeeping practices. The installation of soaker hose for newly planted areas is encouraged due to low initial cost, lessened system maintenance, and the capability of system removal once the landscape has become established.


A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:
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A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:
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A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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